What is the Virginia War Memorial?

Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial is the Commonwealth’s tribute to its fallen heroes who died defending our Nation in all conflicts from World War II to the present day and to all who have served in the U.S. military. The Memorial passes on these stories of service and sacrifice through educational and patriotic programs, exhibits, films and programs.

What is the difference between the Virginia War Memorial and the Virginia War Memorial Foundation?

The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and a facility of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia War Memorial Foundation is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation that finances the educational and patriotic programs, exhibits and films of the Memorial through grants and donations from individuals, corporations, military and veteran organizations, civic groups, other foundations and sources.

Is there an admission or parking fee?

There are no fees to visit and tour the Virginia War Memorial and its Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center or to attend its public programs and events. Ticket purchases are required for selected fundraising programs and events held by the Virginia War Memorial Foundation. Parking is free in the lot adjacent to the Memorial.

Is the Memorial “kid friendly?”

The Memorial is a family friendly venue and children are welcome. Certain films, programs and exhibits are recommended for children age 10 and above.

Where do my donations go?

Donations to the Virginia War Memorial Foundation fund the historic exhibits on display, student-teacher seminars for middle and high school students, teacher institutes, and the production of documentary films, equipment and technology at the Memorial. Over 85% of funds donated to the Foundation go directly to these needs and not for administrative costs. As the Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

Why does the Memorial need my donation if it is funded by state tax-dollars?

The Virginia War Memorial is a public/private partnership. State funding is used primarily for the maintenance and operations of the buildings and grounds and for salaries for state employed staff members. The Memorial depends solely on funds donated to the Virginia War Memorial Foundation to finance its more than 50 annual educational and patriotic programs, historic exhibits, documentary films, audio-visual technology and other expenses.